Tom Jensen

Courtesy of Tom Jensen, 559 Sheldon Rd., Palmyra, N. Y. 14522.

Tom Jensen

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13 W. Plum St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371.

For some time now, I have been wanting to write to The Gas Engine Magazine and I've finally made it.

First of all, I would like to tell you how very much I enjoy reading the G. E. M. and how I look forward to receiving it. My Dad, who is 72 years old, myself and youngest son, try to attend as many of the shows each summer that we can, but so far most have been confined to the Ohio area.

It sure is a wonderful experience to attend a 'First' show in an area where there hasn't been any previous shows. And no matter what show you go to, it seems as though some ole-timer will come up, look your engine over, kinda smile and say, 'We used to have one like that back on the farm.' Right then and there your conversation starts and a new acquaintance is made. Sometimes you learn something about your engine or engines that you never knew before.

Right now, between my Dad and I, we have seven gas engines--two Hercules, 1? HP and 2 HP; two Economy's, 2? to 3 HP and 1? HP. Stover 4 HP. Fairbanks Morse 1? HP and an Ottawa 5 HP. All but two of them are running, and those two we are presently restoring and will have ready for the shows this summer.

My 1939 Plymouth, almost in mint condition. Still has original spare tire. Hasn't been on the road since 1966. Only 43,000 miles on it.

L. to r.: 1? HP Hercules and a 2? HP Hercules.

The Wells, from III. camper VACATIONED on grounds a week or two before the April '72 show. In trying to find something in the workshop. Burton thoroughly organized our piled up mess. Thereafter, when shop items were needed it was 'See Burt Wells.' Helen (Mrs. Wells) learned a lesson or two in gardening from Margaret (Mrs. Rogers). Margaret may have pulled a Tom Sawyer on her, the local newspaper carried a picture of Helen pulling weeds, while Margaret watched. Looks like Burts little 1907 home made still grinds its own corn. We named the Shop Building WISH WELLS. We 'Wish Wells' would return before April 27-28-29-'73 for U-No-Wat.

A ton or two of Spit and Polished Vermont 'Abenaque' (right) and home made New Hampshire Maple Syrup run real Good in South Carolinas April Weather. Elroy and Ethel Ekdahl (NH) owner-Exhibitors were helped by GEM Subscribers Sideny and Barbara North-rup.

We hope to patronize The Northrups '3 Ponds Campground' at Brentwood (NH) and see their 7 gas engines.

I would like to publicly thank the four gentlemen that took time to write me about my OHIO 6 H. P. and WEBSTER engines pictured in the Nov.-Dec. issue. They are David Reed of Wilmington, Dela.; Philip St. Jean of Coventry, R. I.; Othel Radigan of New Lexington, Ohio, and Gorden Babbitt of Holland, Mich.

I have answered their letters and I am sure to have made new friends to 'chug' with.

I am sending a picture of Clifford Hardy in front of his 25 H. P. Fairbanks 'hot head'. He is known to everyone on the West Coast and has toured meetings in the Mid-West. He is truly Mr. Chugger himself. The engine is belted to a line-shaft that operates many interesting displays; such as an old washing-machine, an ironer, air compressor and anything he can find in the back yard that a belt will fit.

The Dick Herm Show. 6 HP McCormick Deering on grain blower fan. 3 Hp Stover on left.

Rex Haver and his display of Maytag engines all restored and ready to run at the Tioga County Early Days Show in 1972.

The Klein boys shelling pop corn, fall of 1969. Had 35 bushels. The engine is a 1928, 3 HP Deere.

My 'Blakeslee' made in Montgomery, Alabama. I want to thank Mr. Ginnow, Mr. Harvey and Mr. Mullings in helping identify the engine. It is in process of being restored at present. It has 34 in. diameter flywheels but I haven't been able to come up with a horsepower rating.

We have a Gas Engine Club in Southern California of 65 members and will try to help you keep up the GEM.

Top picture is an old CC Case Tractor which I own. This tractor set alongside of an old chicken house for a couple of years until one day the guy decided to sell it for junk. A good friend of mine found out about it and I went up and bought it for $20.00. We have it running pretty good now.

Bottom picture is of an old Fordson purchased by Brain Bittle, a cousin of mine. My brother hauled this tractor home for him. This tractor was setting in a shed down below Janetsville, Maryland. The guy had another Fordson there which Brain also bought and this tractor was just sitting in one place for so long that the rear wheel on the right side was completely rusted through on the bottom.

Pat Bennett admiring a 15 Hp. Galloway.

The moldboard suspended under this Holt 1910 model is one example both power source and grader blade into one machine.

My 16-30 Rumely Oil Pull coming up the lane. Bill McKenzie is driving. 1917 H.

I found this engine on an immaculate farm of C. N. Wade, Paris, Illinois. One would not believe that an old gas engine would be there. Behind the barn in a scrap pile, this IHC Type M, 3 Hp. was setting. The price was $5. A rare buy!



According to a once-popular song, 40 acres were needed to turn a certain machine around and while the garden tractor pictured above wouldn't require quite that much room, it certainly would be out of place in some of today's small garden plots. The machine and several gas engines and a wood saw belonging to 13-year-old Greg Jones of Hamilton, were displayed at the North Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show and Demonstration Aug. 18-20.--Photo by Janet Vanderpool, Cowgill, Missouri 64637. (Advocate-Hamiltonian, Hamilton, Missouri).

A VARIETY OF SIZES-The gas engines shown above will give some idea of the variety of sizes displayed over the week-end at the annual North Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show and Demonstration in Hamilton, Missouri. The large one is equipped with a tongue and seat and may be horsedrawn for parades. Photo by Janet Vanderpool. Advocate-Hamiltonian, Hamilton, Missouri.